20 days in Croatia Itinerary

20 days in Croatia Itinerary

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20 days in Croatia Itinerary

Start: Newark
Fly:  14​h 15​min
1
Zadar
— 1 night
bus:  1​h 45​min
2
Plitvice Lakes National Park
— 1 night
bus:  1​h 45​min
3
Zagreb
— 3 nights
Drive:  3​h
4
Pula
— 1 night
Fly:  3​h 15​min
5
Dubrovnik
— 3 nights
Drive:  2​h 45​min
6
Korcula Town, Korcula Island
— 3 nights
Drive:  5​h
7
Hvar, Hvar Island
— 3 nights
Drive:  1​h 30​min
8
Split
— 3 nights
Fly:  14​h 45​min
End: Newark

1
night
Zadar

Situated along the Adriatic Sea, Zadar preserves a medieval old town that is entirely contained on a peninsula.
Kick off your visit on the 30th (Fri): get interesting insight from Tours and then don't miss a visit to Sea Organ (Morske Orgulje). On the 31st (Sat), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: make a trip to The Forum, then contemplate the long history of Church of St. Donat, then explore the ancient world of Zadar Land City Gates, and finally take a memorable tour with Tours.

For traveler tips, other places to visit, more things to do, and tourist information, go to the Zadar trip itinerary website .

Newark, USA to Zadar is an approximately 14.5-hour flight. The time zone changes from Eastern Standard Time (EST) to Central European Time (CET), which is usually a 6 hour difference. Traveling from Newark in August, Zadar is slightly colder at night with lows of 62°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 31st (Sat) early enough to take a bus to Plitvice Lakes National Park.

Things to do in Zadar

Outdoors Tours Transportation
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Speed Boats Tours
Sea Organ (Morske Orgulje) ©
Sea Organ (Morske Orgulje)
Church of St. Donat ©
Church of St. Donat

1
night
Plitvice Lakes National Park

Plitvice Lakes National Park ©
Plitvice Lakes National Park, a World Heritage Site, showcases 16 crystalline lakes connected by waterfalls.
On the 1st (Sun), explore the activities along Gavanovac Lake, admire the sheer force of Ciginovac Lake, explore the wealth of natural beauty at Plitvice Lakes National Park, then admire the sheer force of Milanovacki Slap, and finally take in the dramatic scenery at Pevalekovi Slapovi.

To see traveler tips, photos, other places to visit, and tourist information, read Plitvice Lakes National Park road trip planning site .

Take a bus from Zadar to Plitvice Lakes National Park in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can drive. Finish your sightseeing early on the 1st (Sun) so you can take a bus to Zagreb.

Things to do in Plitvice Lakes National Park

Parks Nature
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Plitvice Lakes National Park ©
Plitvice Lakes National Park
Gavanovac Lake ©
Gavanovac Lake
Pevalekovi Slapovi ©
Pevalekovi Slapovi

3
nights
Zagreb

Zagreb boasts a combination of Austro-Hungarian and Socialist architecture, but it is beloved for its outdoor cafe culture.
Zagreb is known for museums, historic sites, fun & games, nightlife, and shopping. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: examine the collection at Museum of Broken Relationships, admire the striking features of Cathedral of the Assumption, don't miss a visit to Tkalciceva, and find your balance on the water with some of the best stand-up paddleboarding in the area.

To see reviews, other places to visit, more things to do, and more tourist information, read Zagreb trip planning tool .

Traveling by bus from Plitvice Lakes National Park to Zagreb takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a train. In September, daily temperatures in Zagreb can reach 71°F, while at night they dip to 52°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 4th (Wed) early enough to drive to Pula.

Things to do in Zagreb

Outdoors Tours Adventure
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Room Escape Games
Museum of Broken Relationships ©
Museum of Broken Relationships
Walking tours

1
night
Pula

Pula ©
It's the mild climate and calm seas of Pula that draw visitors to the southernmost point of the Istrian peninsula, but the city's ample Roman architecture is a key reason they stay.
Start off your visit on the 5th (Thu): tour the pleasant surroundings at Plovanije Beach, then delve into the distant past at Amphitheatre de Pula, and then relax in the rural setting at Chiavalon Organic Extra Virgin Olive Oil.

To see ratings, photos, traveler tips, and tourist information, read Pula trip itinerary planner.

Traveling by car from Zagreb to Pula takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. Expect a bit warmer evenings in Pula when traveling from Zagreb in September, with lows around 58°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 5th (Thu) to allow time to travel to Dubrovnik.

Things to do in Pula

Parks Outdoors Beaches

Side Trips

Plovanije Beach, Chiavalon Organic Extra Virgin Olive Oil
Highlights from your plan
Amphitheatre de Pula ©
Amphitheatre de Pula

3
nights
Dubrovnik

Dubrovnik ©
Along the Dalmation Coast, the city of Dubrovnik has become famous for its pedestrian-only Old Town surrounded by fortress walls, and its historical heft has earned it World Heritage Site status.
Dubrovnik is known for historic sites, nature, museums, nightlife, and adventure. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: wander the streets of Old Town, appreciate the extensive heritage of Walls of Dubrovnik, step off the mainland to explore Island of Lokrum, and indulge your senses at some of the top wineries in the area.

To see ratings, maps, reviews, and tourist information, go to the Dubrovnik online road trip planner .

Getting from Pula to Dubrovnik by flight takes about 3.5 hours. Other options: do a combination of bus and flight; or drive. In September, plan for daily highs up to 77°F, and evening lows to 63°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 8th (Sun) early enough to drive to Korcula Town.

Things to do in Dubrovnik

Tours Neighborhoods Outdoors
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Old Town ©
Old Town
Island of Lokrum ©
Island of Lokrum
Dubrovnik City Walls ©
Dubrovnik City Walls

3
nights
Korcula Town, Korcula Island

Korcula Town ©
Korcula Town perches on the edge of the island's eastern coastline.
You'll find plenty of places to visit near Korcula Town: Vela Luka (Vela Luka Marina & Proizd Island). Next up on the itinerary: see what you can catch with a fishing tour, take in the architecture and atmosphere at St. Mark's Cathedral, look for gifts at Seba Dizajn, and examine the collection at House of Marco Polo.

To find maps, where to stay, traveler tips, and tourist information, use the Korcula Town itinerary planner.

You can drive from Dubrovnik to Korcula Town in 3 hours. September in Korcula Town sees daily highs of 80°F and lows of 65°F at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 11th (Wed) to allow enough time to drive to Hvar.

Things to do in Korcula Town

Parks Outdoors Beaches

Side Trips

Vela Luka, Korcula Island, Vela Przina Beach
Highlights from your plan
Pupnatska Luca Beach ©
Pupnatska Luca Beach
Korcula Old City ©
Korcula Old City
Proizd Island ©
Proizd Island

3
nights
Hvar, Hvar Island

Hvar ©
The Croatian island of Hvar serves as a picturesque location for a Mediterranean holiday, with a range of offerings from quiet coves to a lively medieval town.
Hvar is known for nightlife, nature, adventure, beaches, and historic sites. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: take some stellar pictures from Spanjola, get some thrills on the water with a speed boat tour, head off the coast to Jerolim Island, and kick back and relax at Dubovica.

For where to stay, traveler tips, and more tourist information, read our Hvar trip builder site .

You can drive from Korcula Town to Hvar in 5 hours. In September in Hvar, expect temperatures between 80°F during the day and 65°F at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 14th (Sat) so you can go by car to Split.

Things to do in Hvar

Parks Nature Outdoors
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Pakleni Otoci ©
Pakleni Otoci
Spanjola ©
Spanjola
Franciscan Monastery ©
Franciscan Monastery

3
nights
Split

Split ©
Experience an authentic Adriatic lifestyle in Split, the largest city along the sea's coast.
Split is known for historic sites, adventure, parks, nightlife, and museums. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: explore the ancient world of Diocletian's Palace, let the river carry you with a rafting and tubing tour, take in the spiritual surroundings of Cathedral of Saint Domnius, and steep yourself in history at Old Split.

To find more things to do, reviews, and tourist information, refer to the Split day trip planning tool .

Traveling by car from Hvar to Split takes 1.5 hours. Expect a daytime high around 79°F in September, and nighttime lows around 61°F. On the 17th (Tue), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Split

Historic Sites Adventure Outdoors

Side Trip

Church Of St. Roch
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Diocletian's Palace ©
Diocletian's Palace
Cathedral of Saint Domnius ©
Cathedral of Saint Domnius
River Rafting & Tubing

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